With the country still searching for answers after the shooting death of Walter Scott at the hands of a South Carolina police officer, T.I., David Banner and rap newcomer Kap G’s, all rallied together to release the remix to Kap's “La Policia” single on Thursday (Apr. 9).
"For decades there has been a fear and true resentment for the young minority's presence in our country's society,” T.I. said in a statement released to Fader today.
"This has led to the consistent barrages of unlawful arrests, unwarranted profiling, and shameful assassinations of our our fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles, grandfathers, sons and in some cases, our daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers,” he continued.
"The blatant disregard for the value of our people's rights, lives, and legacies have been ever present in America for all of us to see,” Tip added. "Yet, nonexistent to all of you who choose not to. How long can we expect any human being, no, any living creature, to continue to accept inferior/substandard treatment and conditions before the inevitable happens?”
"La Polica" was recorded some time ago, but released just days after Michael T. Slager, a white police officer, was charged with murder in North Charleston, South Carolina after he shot and killed Scott, a 50-year-old black man. The entire incident was caught on a video that was posted to the Internet.
Surely the tragic deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police, fueled the track (they're referenced in Banner's verse), but Kap G says he originally wrote it years ago after he felt he was "pulled over for no reason."
"I felt, as a young Mexican American writer, artist, and young’n, that it was my responsibility to give a voice to this feeling that so many young minorities were dealing with.” he explained.
While the song repeats the “f--k la policia” mantra, T.I. clarifies the track’s stance at the end. “I know there’s some good ones out there,” he says. “We ain’t talkin’ ‘bout y’all though, man.” And David Banner also explains the song’s purpose. “This for black and brown all over the world united,” he adds.